How to celebrate Earth Day this year and beyond?
We can make our planet a greener, prettier, and healthier home by cleaning the streets, planting trees, and helping others in need.
Earth Day is getting closer— what is your plan to give back to mother nature and your community? We say, re-energize community environmentalism on the celebratory day dedicated to safeguarding the environment against pollution and deforestation.
Any changes we make to conserve the Earth count— here are a few powerful and rewarding things to do on Earth Day 2022.
- Organize a cleanup
- Go car-free
- Avoid single-use plastics
- Get in touch with green activists
- Call your representatives and favorite brands
- Organize a Cleanup
Earth Day serves as a reminder to pay tribute to our local environments. Participate in the nearby cleanups- beaches, lakes, ponds, local parks, or hiking trails. If there is already not one, gather your friends, family and neighbors and organize one. Have everyone bring a reusable bag to sort the trash from the recyclables when the cleanup is done. Make the cleanup fun by distributing environmentally friendly prizes for the team that picks the most garbage. The cleanup will be a great way to give back to your community while also spreading awareness about waste management.
- Go Car-Free
More than 12 billion tonnes of CO2 discharges into the air annually. And, vehicles are notorious contributors to this mess— greenhouse gas emissions owing to fuel combustion. The toxic gasses choke the street air and pose serious health risks. Plus, driving a car also depletes our finite natural resources. Walking and biking as a way to celebrate Earth Day won't just help conserve energy but also contributes to your physical health. If the distance is impossible to bike or walk, you can use public transportation to get around. Carpooling with coworkers, friends, or neighbors can be a great energy and money saver!
- Get in touch With Green Activists
The pathway to environmental activism is neither easy nor short. Attend Earth Day festivals where you can meet and connect other activists. It will make you feel better knowing this is not a solo fight and help pick up speed for making environmentally friendly improvements in your neighborhood. Ask around, drop a message in community social media groups, or inquire with the sustainability committee to find out what's going on in your neighborhood. You can also sign up for other/ future community volunteer programs to keep the good deed going beyond earth day. Given that we are stronger together keep in touch with the newly-made eco-conscious friends to make a stronger difference down the road.
- Avoid Single-Use Food Disposables
About 5 trillion pieces of plastic cause mayhem in our waters, with at least 14 million tonnes of plastic entering the ocean annually. Plastic accounts for about 80% percent of marine pollution, from the ocean surface to the floor. And, a significant portion of it comes from disposable cutlery, wrappers, and other single-use plastic packaging. Bring the food in reusable containers if you plan to do a nature picnic this Earth Day with family and friends. Carry reusable cutleries, cups, and cloth napkins. If you are doing take-outs instead of home cooking, make sure to mention to the delivery service provider that you don't want the disposables. Less than 9% of plastic packaging is recycled in the United States— let's help change that by saying no to single-use food disposables.
- Call your representatives and favorite brands
Think of the impact if every city in the US decides to say no to single-use plastic? If your city or even the state has not already banned single-use plastic, now is the right time to do so. Call your local representative and ask them about their goals on how to combat the severe threat our environment is facing. California has banned single-use plastic at grocery stores, but the city of Santa Barbara has gone even further- it prohibits food and beverage providers from using plastic straws, stirrers and cutlery.
Don't stop there! Call your favorite brands and ask them about their goals too! Are they using natural materials instead of fossil fuel based materials? If not, do they plan to use it anytime soon? What efforts are they taking to reduce plastic from their entire supply chain? If you are still getting items from your favorite brands in tons tons of plastic, it may be time to break up with them.
At Terra Thread, we are committed to respecting Earth. Our products are made with rain-fed organic cotton, not fossil fuel-based polyester or nylon. When you purchase sustainable backpacks or any items from Terra Thread, we ship them in compostable or recyclable packages.
When it comes to reducing your carbon impact, modest changes can make a big difference. You can show your love and respect for our beautiful biodiversity by participating in Earth Month and beyond by taking impactful actions.